So. Arashi has announced their five-dome tour dates this year as follows:
November 6-8 Nagoya
November 13-15 Sapporo
November 26-29 Osaka
December 17-19 Fukuoka
December 23,24,26,27 Tokyo
On the very night (early morning JST because that’s when the news came out in the papers) it was known on Twitter, I saw fans already booking hotels and checking airlines. Experienced fans would tell you that it’s best to book the hotel first, the battle for the tickets could come later. Because what if you hit the ballot or managed to buy tickets but you’d end up sleeping on the streets? Shudder if you chose Sapporo in November. You’d be frozen to death. I don’t relish being a news headline: “Arashi fan found dead frozen on the streets with ticket firmly in hand”.
So yes, the battle for an Arashi concert does not start and end with concert tickets. It begins with the logistics: hotel and airline. If it’s any consolation, Arashi tours are announced at least five to six months in advance so you still have time to chart your plan.
Now, it really sounds like serious business. And it is.
So let’s see…the first step in this decision-making process is to choose the dome you want to go to in the five-dome tour. There may be tons of considerations: you haven’t been to that particular city, the dates work for you, the date or place is least likely to be in demand among fans (in short, the fight in the balloting won’t be intense)…you weigh all the odds. And once you’re done, that’s actually the easiest part. Now, you go check how the hotel situation looks like.
As I write this, I’ve just checked three hotel booking websites for xxx city for xxx dates and the hotels are all booked. SOLD OUT. FULLY BOOKED. NO ROOMS AVAILABLE. The words screamed back at me. “There’s no room in the inn.” Now I know how St. Joseph must have felt centuries ago. Maybe we’d end up sleeping in a manger.
Well okay, there are still three hotels available, all starting from $300 a night. That would be foolish especially if you need to set aside enough okane for the concert tickets that you might just end up getting from auction if your friends do not hit the ballot.
To be honest, I’m now stumped and don’t know where to proceed from here. This is as legit as a fangirl problem could get. Why wasn’t I born Japanese? Or rich so I could buy a house in each city that Arashi performs in? But if I ever roll in okane, the first thing I’m doing? Buy J&A off.
P.S. Those going to Arashi Blast in Miyagi would know this fangirl problem very well. There are just not enough hotels to accommodate an estimated 49,133 (capacity of the Hitomebore Stadium Miyagi) fangirls that are expected to flock to the area per night on September 19-20 and 22-23 for the event that is meant to help Miyagi’s reconstruction. The Miyagi government, which invited Arashi, must be in a real dilemma trying to meet the logistical requirements.
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